Marian Apparitions-Non Believer
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#1 Aug 15, 2011
I am a Roman Catholic I go to daily Mass and participate in the parish life. Yet I am always criticized because I dont believe in "Marian Apparitions." Although I do believe in the infallible Marian declarations made about Our Blessed Mother. However, I dont find the devotion or pilgrimages to apparition sites as a requirement of the faith. In fact I find myself no less of a Catholic than a devout Rosary praying Catholic. Am I wrong for this mindset? Because I am under the assumption that Marian devotion is not a requirement of the faith. I am quite reserved about this nor do I criticize nobody if they are devout to Marian practices.
#2 Apr 4, 2012
I'm a bit late but I will comment anyway. You are not alone. I'm Catholic several people I know are Catholic and we have never found any valid reason or proof to believe in them. Example I still hold to theory that Our Lady of Fatima is the figment of the lively imagination of three poor malnourished children in a impoverished village and that imaginary vision was expanded and embellished because in the age when the prevalent attitude of Portugal was atheist there was a need for something anything to believe in. Of course I don't express this opinion unless someone asks for it. And like you I don't criticize anyone who shows devotion to Fatima or any of the other apparitions. But off my soapbox I was told by my priest that belief in the Marian apparitions was personal choice and not an religious requirement so no you are not wrong otherwise a third of the Catholics in the country are wrong.
Hope this helps
#3 Apr 9, 2012
I agree. I also think that the entire doctrine of the Immaculate Conception-Mary being born free of "sin" is a lie. I was a devout member of the church until recently and I doubt 99% of what they say is true. I reject Papal Infallability. The same is true of these so-called Marian apparitions. It's all a lie.
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